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Flowers are an integral part of your wedding; they feature in the bride’s, bridesmaid’s and flower girl’s bouquets, buttonholes, centrepieces and even in confetti.

Arrangements can add beauty, colour and scent to your big day and are a beautiful way to decorate your ceremony and reception venues.

They do, however, take up quite a large chunk of your budget, so you may want to consider buying your blooms and arranging them yourself, or even having a few large dramatic displays instead of lots of smaller ones.

Most weddings have a colour theme running through them so be sure to coordinate your flowers. Before you choose your arrangements go and speak to your local florist to get advise on all the different blooms that will be available during the season you are tying the knot. For instance orchids, lilies, holly and poinsettas will all be easy to get hold of during the winter months.

Many flowers also have their own symbols, with red roses the most popular choice as they represent eternal love. If you fancy something different choose from any of the meanings below:

Carnation: The bonds of love Freesia: Innocence Holly: Domestic Happiness Ivy: Wedded love Violet: Faithfulness

After the wedding you may want to stick with tradition and throw the bouquet – whoever catches it is said to be next down the aisle. Alternatively you could press or dry the flowers and keep them as a reminder of your special day.

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